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by ren09 ren09 (New) New

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Hello,

I took my CNA state test November 18th and I passed :)

Well, its been about 3 weeks and I haven't received the actual physical license card yet.

All I got was a paper that said Nurse Aid Registry Document and a small card-like paper that said the same thing. Not sure if that's my license or just a card saying I'm on the registry?

And I when I got to Prometric and enter in my number its telling me to call an representative.

I'm in Michigan and I'm not sure if I need to wait a awhile longer or something went wrong? Or should I call the testing site?

I'm just curious if I even get a license or just my name on the registry?

Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks:)

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roser13 has 17 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

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A CNA is not licensed. A certificate is what is usually issued at the end of the training program, so perhaps that is what you've already received?

Congrats!

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OCNRN63 is a RN and specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

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Some states issue a license, but they're not the same as a nurse's license which stands on its own.

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roser13 has 17 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

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Some states issue a license, but they're not the same as a nurse's license which stands on its own.

Oh - good to know! I had never heard that before. I'm curious as to the type of license it is.....

Maybe a regulatory and tracking device for the state?

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I would think that what you got in the mail was your certificate. Look it over closely and if you have further questions, call the certifying authority, the number should be on the letter. At any rate, a prospective employer will verify your certificate by fax, over the internet, or by phone.

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I was always under the impression that CNA's were certified. Hence the "C" in CNA.

Also, they fall under the category of UAP, in which the "U" Stands for Unlicensed.

However many people probably throw around the terms certified and licensed as if they mean the same thing.

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Paws2people has 13 years experience.

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That was the physical certificate from Prometric. It's on a flimsy piece of paper... Not an actual "license card."

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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The only state that I'm aware of that licenses CNAs (they are called LNAs) is NH. All others are CNA. Certificates are issued by the BoN in some states dept of health in other states.

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strength4unityRN specializes in critical care, PCU, PACU, LTC, HHC, AFC.

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There is a state board test you do or 'did' have to take. When I was a CNA, I received a certificate from my school that I completed the course. Then became eligible to take the state test, which consisted of a lab/skills assessment. Then if you pass that, you take a written test. Once you pass those you receive a certificate through the state. Last I knew my hospital was not requiring their nursing assistants to maintain or keep renewing their certificates through the state. I did not investigate this further as I was transitioning to a nursing role.

I can't recall how long it took to get my certificate in the mail, but there was a site that I cannot recall at this time that I was allowed to view it online

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Missingyou has 20 years experience as a CNA and specializes in Long term care.

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If prometric alerted you to contact a representative, you should have done exactly that!

If you haven't done that yet, you should. There is an important reason why they are asking you to contact them.

You should have received in the mail a paper with your name and a state registry number on it.

Either way, find out the number of who you should call with questions (most likely on that paperwork you have) and ask away! They will be the ONLY ones who can tell you for sure what is going on.

They made need additional information from you.

You need to be able to go into a future place of employment and confidently hand them your certification information!

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Carnes88 has 16 years experience as a LPN, EMT-B.

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More and more states are requiring CNA'S to hold a license, Arizona is a big one. The board of Nursing what's to hold them to professional standards and the right to discipline them so they are required to obtain a CNA license.

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